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Areas in 06 - Little Lakes Valley & Mono Recesses

Bear Creek Spire 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Little Lakes Peak 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Lookout Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Mount Abbot 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Mt Morgan (South) 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Mt Starr 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Petit Griffon 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Ruby Peak 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 12
Third Recess Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Treasure Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
Elevation: 10,223 ft
GPS: 37.435, -118.747 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on May 26, 2015
Admins: Chris Owen, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Little Lakes Valley is another excellent high elevation starting point for day (and longer) excursions into the high Sierra. The road to the trailheads here takes one conveniently to 10,000 feet of elevation outside the snowy months, offering relatively easy access to Bear Creek Spire and neighboring alpine playgrounds. Lodges, campgrounds and trailhead parking lots offer accommodations for various levels of expense.

Mono Recesses are a series of hanging valleys west of Mono Pass, the further west you go the less visited they get. Recess Peak is located over Mono Pass, although not a climbing destination Pioneer Basin is a wonderful high and relatively remote area, one of the hallmark High Sierra scenic destinations.

Getting There

From highway 395 at Toms Place (don't blink and miss it!), drive south into the mountains on Rock Creek Road, winding between west and south to Rock Creek Lakes Resort.

Depending on your destination, you will either turn left on Rock Creek Lake Road for Tamarack Lakes trailhead, or continue on Rock Creek Road to Mono Pass trailhead at Mosquito Flat. Two trails start here; Little Lakes Valley and Mono Pass.

Main peaks of interest are:

Bear Creek Spire - Bear Creek and Little Lakes Valley Trail
Mount Dade - Little Lakes Valley Trail
Mount Gabb - Little Lakes Valley Trail
Mount Abbot - Little Lakes Valley Trail
Mount Mills - Little Lakes Valley Trail or Mono Pass Trail
Recess Peak - Mono Pass Trail


Campsites
Campsites for the main peaks in Little Lakes Valley can be; the west side of Long Lake, Treasure Lakes, or Dade Lake. Some routes can be handled in a long day by fit people.

Permits
Permits for this trailhead can be reserved here. Both Mono Pass and Little Lakes Valley are very popular, reserve early.

For backcountry skiers, the road is closed in winter, and parking can be had at a Rock Creek Sno-park. From there you can follow a groomed trail up to Mosquito Flats, then the wonderland of snow and mountains is your oyster. You'll need to display a permit which you can get here .

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Edmonds, WA
Tyler S   Edmonds, WA
Any route development on the east facing cliffs of the First Recess? Can't seem to find anything on the interwebs, but from Google Earth and some scattered hiking pictures it looks pretty promising. Dec 24, 2016

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